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A C-130H Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., drops a load of water during annual Modular Airborne Firefighting System training in Albuquerque, N.M., May 2. C-130 aircrews from the 302nd and three Air National Guard units participated in the training in preparation for the 2007 wild fire season. The 302nd AW is the only Air Force Reserve Command unit equipped with the airborne firefighting system. In an actual mission, a C-130 equipped with MAFFS is capable of dropping 2,700 gallons of fire-retardant chemicals. Crews drop the chemicals in front of, not directly on, fires in an effort to slow down or stop their progress. (Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza)


Practice Makes Perfect

A C-130H Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., drops a load of water during annual Modular Airborne Firefighting System training in Albuquerque, N.M., May 2. C-130 aircrews from the 302nd and three Air National Guard units participated in the training in preparation for the 2007 wild fire season. The 302nd AW is the only Air Force Reserve Command unit equipped with the airborne firefighting system. In an actual mission, a C-130 equipped with MAFFS is capable of dropping 2,700 gallons of fire-retardant chemicals. Crews drop the chemicals in front of, not directly on, fires in an effort to slow down or stop their progress. (Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza)

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